Pictured left to right Miral Yousef, Margaret “Rita” Yousef, Moshier Yousef and Rev. Mouris Yousef

Pictured left to right Miral Yousef, Margaret “Rita” Yousef, Moshier Yousef and Rev. Mouris Yousef

Rev. Mouris Yousef and wife Margaret

Become Naturalized U.S. Citizens

 

On Sunday, October 4, 2015 members of the Elmer Presbyterian Church gathered in the Fellowship Hall to congratulate Pastor Mouris Yousef and his wife, Margaret on becoming naturalized citizens of the United States. There are several steps involved with the process, including being a resident of the USA for at least five years, demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution, be able to read, write, and speak basic English and have an understanding of U.S. history and government. On September 22, 2015 Mouris and “Rita” passed their tests and interviews, and then took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America.

In comments to those gathered, Rev. Yousef said, “We are very grateful to an awesome God who has led this journey and confident that He will continue to guide us. We feel privileged to be citizens of United States, as well as a part of a great church family. Thanks for your prayers and support”. The Yousef family includes son Moshier, who became a citizen by right of his parent’s naturalization, and daughter Miral, who is a US citizen by birth.

The congregations of Elmer Presbyterian Church and Moorestown Presbyterian Church have supported and prayed for the Mouris family as they’ve made this important journey in their lives. To them we say, “Welcome fellow citizens”.

Rev. Yousef Biography

Rev. Yousef was born and grew up in Egypt.  His family has been Christian for  many generations.  Rev. Yousef is married to his beloved wife, Margaret, a mechanical engineer who was also born and grew up in a Christian home in Egypt.  They are blessed with two children, a son, Moshier ~ 13 years old, and a daughter, Miral ~ 11 years old.  In 1994, Rev. Yousef was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Egyptian Presbyterian Church.  In 2003, Rev. Yousef and his family immigrated to the USA.  Rev. Yousef has been a member of the Presbytery of West Jersey of the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 2009.  The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Elmer has the joy of having him as our Pastor since February 2012.

EDUCATION:

 

Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt 1993

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)

 

New Brunswick Theological Seminary, NJ 2005

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.)

 

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, PA 2007

Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)

 

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, PA

Doctor of Ministry (D. Min. anticipated 2015)

 

 

PREVIOUS ECCLESIASTICAL SERVICE:

 

First Presbyterian Church in El Taiba, Egypt 1993-2003

Senior Pastor and Head of Staff

 

Arabic Evangelical Fellowship of South Jersey, NJ 2007 – Present

Pastor

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Elmer, NJ 2012 – Present

Pastor

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

First Presbyterian Church of Elmer

107 Chestnut Street

Elmer, NJ 08318

(856) 358-8888

E-mail: rev.yousef1@gmail.com

Assistant to the Pastor

Gabrielle Kunze (E-mail: gabriellek@verizon.net )